If you’re a family like us with young kids, and don’t leave your very little ones with babysitters, then the date night options are a little slim picking aren’t they? But there are still heaps of fun things you can do at home, even if you’re trying to be careful about your spending. The main thing is to make it something intentional that you do – carving out that time to be together, even if it means you are left out of the Facebook loop, the following days homeschooling will be a bit ad-lib, and the laundry pile sits there for another day.
So here’s some ideas from some of the things we’ve been doing together lately, and some we’ve yet to do. Yes, I have been neglecting my blog a little, but I’m so enjoying being with my husband more.
- Watch your favourite movie or series together: ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’ is a great one, as is ‘Emma‘. If you like ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Downton Abbey’, you’ll love these ones. And best of all, they’re free on YouTube.
- Type in your favourite genre into YouTube and see what you come up with (I just did ‘English period drama’ and came up with some goodies).
- Bake a cake together.
- Watch your wedding video.
- Have a romantic supper at 9pm (or whenever the kids eventually go to sleep). Dress up in your nicest clothes.
- Sit and talk on the couch while eating half a dozen different flavours of fair trade chocolate.
- Make your husband his favourite dessert, and enough of it that can take some in his lunch the next day.
- Lie under the stars in the summer together.
- Do something playful, like built a fort and eat dessert inside it.
- Play board games. Let him win.
- Massages. That simple.
- Cook a three course meal together.
- Have a picnic on the floor in your PJs.
- Listen to music that you enjoyed when you first got together.
- If you really really have to get some jobs done, then do each job together. Fold the laundry together. Do the dishes together. Tidy up together. Do the budget together (or skip this last one if it’s not your idea of a fun date night).
- Spend the evening writing a list of things you want to do together when the kids are older. Like cycling, marathons, or tramping. Or beach walks, attend a concert, or take an evening class of some sort together. Just dream a bit.
- Sit together while you both read books. Real books like in the olden days, not the digital kind.
- Do some fun things in the back yard, like play on the swing, climb the trees, or get in the kids sandpit. Why not?
- Go to bed early. Sometimes a good night’s sleep is the best thing to do together isn’t it?
Please share your ideas!